With all the commotion surrounding “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin,” Dream is quietly putting together a small – yet solid – fight card that will feature some of the world’s best mixed martial artists. It has just been confirmed that Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem will face Ricco Rodriguez at Dream.15.
A source close to the situation told MMAJunkie.com that bout agreements for the July 10th event should be signed and submitted shortly. The show takes place inside the Saitama Super Arena in Japan and is expected to be broadcast live on HDNet in North America.
Rodriguez has managed to string together seven consecutive victories in spite of his substance abuse and weight issues since being released by the UFC back in 2003. The 32-year-old has rattled off 13 wins in his last 15 professional outings.
Overeem owns a 33-11 professional record and has been prefect through his last eight scraps, less one No Contest to Mirko “Cro Co” Filipovic.
Light Heavyweight Grand Prix (Four-Man Tournament):
Melvin Manhoef vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O’Brien
Alistair Overeem vs. Ricco Rodriguez
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Shina Aoki (Dream Lightweight Champion)